WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 14 MARCH 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |`3|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR P5 SENSEX 33,856.78 -61.16 P9 NIFTY 10,426.85 +5.45 ` vs $ 64.89 +15 PAISE Mainly clear sky. Mist in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 35 and 18 degrees Celsius respectively. RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.86% Min. 21% Max: 36.2°C (+7) SUN RISES 06:31 hrs MOON RISES 05.12 hrs Min: 17.1°C (+2) SUN SETS 18:29 hrs MOON SETS 15:38 hrs P13 GOLD 29,185.00 -30.00 P16 SILVER 38,500.00 -50.00 BRENT CRUDE (IN $) 65.01 +0.06 Maoist extremists trigger IED, kill nine CRPF jawans in Chhattisgarh SC extends Aadhaar deadline till verdict ‘Order not to affect Aadhaar linkage with various social welfare schemes’ RAIPUR, 13 MARCH THUMBNAILS Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai announced her next book We are displaced will focus on refugee experience. According to Entertainment Weekly, Yousafzai will begin by recounting her own experience. Foreign law firms not allowed practice in India: The Supreme Court said foreign law firms cannot set up offices in India but their lawyers could give legal advice on foreign laws. However, a bench headed by Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Uday Umesh Lalit said foreign lawyers could come to the country and participate in international commercial arbitration. Justice Goel said that even for the limited purposes they would be subject to the BCI Code. SC for separate Haj quota: The Supreme Court directed the earmarking of an “exclusive quota” for Haj pilgrims aged 70 and above and preference being given to pilgrims between 65-69 who have already applied for the pilgrimage five times or more. A bench headed by CJI said people above 70 would get the benefit of a separate quota and those between 65-69 who have applied five times or more would get preferential consideration. RBI bars banks from issuing LoUs: The RBI on Tuesday barred banks from issuing guarantees in the form of Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) as it clamped down on the import financing route used by fugitive jeweller Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi for allegedly committing India's biggest bank fraud. The RBI also banned with immediate effect issuance of letters of comfort which, like LoUs, are used by importers to fund their overseas purP 11 chases. Nine CRPF personnel on Tuesday lost their lives and two others were injured in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh after ultras triggered an IED blast in Kistaram area of Sukma district in Maoist insurgency hit southern Chhattisgarh, police sources said. The ambush assumes significance in the wake of increasing advancement of security forces towards the ultra’s so called ‘liberated zone’ in the thick forests of Bastar. D M Awasthi, DG ( Anti Naxal Operation) said that the naxals targeted a patrolling party with an IED which was going from Kistaram to Palodi in an anti-landmine vehicle. Patrolling party which had 11 men was moved after some naxals were spotted in the area which is near a forward CRPF camp. Claiming that exchange of fire is a rou- STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, 13 MARCH T tine in the area and One Naxalite was killed even today morning, Awasthi said that the security forces have made significant advances through their aggressive campaign against Naxalites. The security men were conducting an area-domination operation in the forest of Kistaram when the Maoists blew up the CRPF's mineprotected vehicle, he said. Injured jawans have been airlifted to Raipur for further treatment. Terming the attack as horrific and unfortunate, Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, T S Singh Deo said, with the SBI cuts penalty charges, retains min balance onset of summer a ghastly retaliation from the rebels was apprehended. But the state government has been caught unaware and remained lax as it has ever been. Today's attack comes almost 11 days after security personnel killed 10 alleged Naxalites in the state. Maoist attacks inflicts heavy casualties on the security with the onset of summer each year and some of the deadliest attacks including Taadmetla and Jheerum were committed during the summer. Sukma has been witnessing heavy casualties since 2009. he Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the 31 March deadline for linking of various services ~ such as bank accounts ormobilephonenumbers~with Aadhaar, the 12-digit biometric number, until its Constitution Bench hearing the matter delivers its judgment on a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar scheme and its enabling law. In its order, the five-judge Constitution Bench, however, also said that this extension will not affect the necessary requirement of Aadhaar number for availing "certain subsidies, benefits and services" under social welfare schemes covered under Section 7 of the The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016. The Bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, accepted the submission made by Attorney General K KVenugopal in this regard.The former Karnataka High Court judge, Justice K S Puttaswamy, a lead peti- We direct that the interim order passed on December 15, 2017 shall stand extended till the matter is finally heard and the judgment is pronounced. SC CONSTITUTION BENCH tioner in the case, was said to have told the apex court on 22 February that several deaths had reportedly taken place due to starvation due to glitches in the Aadhaar-based public distribution system and that the court must consider granting them compensation. "We direct that the interim order passed on December 15, 2017 shall stand extended till the matter is finally heard and the judgment is pronounced," the Bench, also comprising of Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, said in its order. The existing deadline for linking of bank MUMBAI, 13 MARCH The State Bank of India on Tuesday reduced the penalty charges on non-maintenance of average monthly balance by up to 75 per cent from April 1 as the measure had faced a public backlash for raking in huge profits by way of penal charges. However, the bank has not lowered the monthly minimum balance requirement which has been retained at Rs 3,000 for metro customers, at Rs 2,000 for semi-urban accounts and at Rs 1,000 for rural accounts. The move will eat into the fee income of the bank, which had reported first quarterly loss in 20 years, as it had to make huge provisions for bad loans. “We've reduced these charges taking into account the feedback and sentiment of our customers.We have always focused on keeping the interests of our customers first and this is one of our many efforts towards fulfilling customer expectations,” SBI MD said. PTI (P11) AGENCIES KATHMANDU, 13 MARCH Farmers under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Union during their protest at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on AMARJEET SINGH Tuesday. AGENCIES WASHINGTON, 13 MARCH said in a statement issued by the White House. “His experience in the military, Congress, and as leader of the CIA have prepared him well for his new role and I urge his swift confirmation,” the US president added. The position needs to be confirmed by the US Senate. Tillerson, who is currently on a visit to Africa, had strained relations with Trump. The 65-year-old former Exxon Mobil chief executive and the president had differences over a host of issues including the US policy on North Korea and Russia.Tillerson was forced to convene a press conference in October last to deny reports that he was consider- accounts, mobile phone numbers, and other services with Aadhaar was extended to 31 March by this Bench in its interim order on 15 December last year. The apex court today also ruled that its interim order "shall also control and govern the Passports (1st Amendment) Rules, 2018" which insisted on the Aadhaar identification for getting passports under the "Tatkal" scheme. The direction came as senior counsel Arvind Datar, appearing for one of the petitioners, reportedly told the Bench that passport issuing authorities have made submission of Aadhaar mandatory for issuance of passports. The Attorney General sought to clarify that this requirement of Aadhaar was only for issuance of "Tatkal" pass- ing quitting, though he did not comment on a report that he had calledTrump a moron after a meeting at the Pentagon. Tillerson, who had never previously held political office, was appointed as Secretary of State on February 1 last year. Trump also thanked Tillerson for his service. “A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well,” he said. The former oil chief forged multibillion-dollar deals with Russia's state oil company, Rosneft, and was awarded the Order of Friendship by the Kremlin in 2013. Trump appointed Gina Haspel as the new CIA Director, terming her elevation as “a historic milestone”. “Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!” he tweeted. “Mike and Gina have worked together for more than a year, and have developed a great mutual respect,” Trump said. According at a seniorWhite House official, the president wanted to make sure to have his new team in place in advance of the upcoming talks with North Korea and various ongoing trade negotiations. The official was responding to a question on the timing of Trump's announcement. Pompeo said he is“deeply grateful” to Trump for per- ports. On 6 March, Venugopal had reportedly indicated to the Bench that the Centre was willing to extend the March 31 Aadhaar linkage deadline in view of prolonged hearing of the matter. The Bench had directed on 7 March that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will not insist on Aadhaar-only identification for NEET and other all-India examinations. In the course of today's arguments, senior counsel P Chidambaram told the Bench that it could look into the decision of the Lok Sabha Speaker in allowing Aadhaar Bill to be tabled as a Money Bill in the House. Chidambaram was appearing for Congress's Rajya Sabha member Jairam Ramesh who has challenged the introduction of Aadhaar Bill as Money Bill in Parliament. Nepal plane crash: Confusion between pilot, ATC blamed JAI KISAN Trump sacks Tillerson, CIA chief Pompeo new Secy of State After a series of public spats, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired his beleaguered Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job!” Trump tweeted, in a surprise announcement. Trump also announced the appointment of Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to head the agency -- the first woman selected for the top post. “I am confident he (Pompeo) is the right person for the job at this critical juncture. He will continue our program of restoring America's standing in the world, strengthening our alliances, confronting our adversaries, and seeking the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Trump later INDIA FACE BANGLADESH IN T20 TRI-SERIES SNS WEATHER TEMPERATURE PALESTINIAN PM SURVIVES ATTACK ON CONVOY HOW JAYA CAME TO BE NOMINATED SONIA HOSTS DINNER FOR LEADERS OF 20 OPPN PARTIES mitting him to serve as CIA Director and for this opportunity to serve as Secretary of State. “His leadership has made America safer and I look forward to representing him and the American people to the rest of the world to further America's prosperity,” he said. Pompeo said if confirmed, he looks forward to guiding the world's finest diplomatic corps in formulating and executing the President's foreign policy. Haspel has been an officer of the CIA for 30 years. She served as Pompeo's deputy for the past year. “I am grateful to President Trump for the opportunity, and humbled by his confidence in me, to be nominated to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. If confirmed, I look forward to providing President Trump the outstanding intelligence support he has grown to expect during his first year in office,” Haspel said. Commuters hit as airlines cancel flights MUMBAI, 13 MARCH Budget carriers IndiGo and GoAir cancelled as many as 65 flights on Tuesday after the country's aviation regulator DGCA grounded 11 of their A320Neo planes with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines, causing severe inconvenience to hundreds of flyers. The Gurugram-based IndiGo cancelled 47 of its 1,000-odd flights per day, the Wadia Group-promoted GoAir said it had cancelled 18 flights. GoAir has cancelled 18 flights originating from over eight cities, the airline said in a statement to PTI. GoAir operates 230 flights per day. IndiGo announced on its website the cancellations of some 47 flights across its domestic network PTI for Tuesday. The toll in Nepal's worst aviation disaster rose to 51 on Tuesday with the death of two more passengers, as Bangladeshi experts joined the probe amid reports of an apparent confusion between the pilot and air traffic control over the runway. The Dhaka to Kathmandu US-Bangla Airlines flight, with 67 passengers and four crew members on board, caught fire after it careened off the runway and ploughed into a football ground near the Tribhuvan International Airport yesterday. The Nepal Home Ministry confirmed the death of 51 people in the crash the deadliest aviation accident in 25 years in Nepal, according to Himalayan Times. Earlier today, hospital authorities confirmed the death of pilot Captain Abid Sultan. His co-pilot First Officer Prithula Rashid was died yesterday, the report said. Meanwhile, a Bangladeshi delegation today joined a six-member Nepali committee to probe the crashlanding. The Bangla delegation includes Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism A K M Shahjahan Kamal, Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and senior aviation officials, the report said. The Bangladeshi airline and airport authorities in Kathmandu have blamed each other for the tragedy, after it emerged that there was confusion over landing instructions. The last four minutes of the conversation between the pilot and Air Traffic Control at the airport indicates a possible confusion in the mind of the pilot about Runway 02 (the southern end) and Runway 20 (the northern end), a Nepalese newspaper reported. The Nepali pilots of other aircraft are heard warning the ATC that the US-Bangla pilot seems disoriented, according to the Nepali Times. At the very outset of the tape, the control tower was heard warning the pilot, “I say again, do not proceed towards Runway 20.” And later, he is warned to remain on hold and not to land because there is another aircraft on approach. After the plane apparently takes a right orbit, the ATC asks the pilot whether he wants to land on Runway 02 or 20. The latter responds and says “We would like to land on 20”; he is cleared to land on that end of the runway, the report said. The pilot was then asked if he has the runway in sight, to which he replies, 'Negative', it said. He was asked to turn right, but immediately after that, the Flight 211 pilot says “Affirmative”, that the runway is in sight. The pilot then says, “Cleared to land Runaway 02”, even though he had sought permission for 20. However, ATC too now clears him to land on Runway 02. Meanwhile, speaking to the Army 53 aircraft which is on hold about 10 kilometres away, the ATC says the Bangladesh aircraft is “on final for 20”.
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